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Tech for M&E Diploma Program Kick-Off Party (August 19)

We recently launched a diploma program in Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation, and we are so excited to celebrate its launch with you! And what better way to celebrate than a launch party? Join us for a "pep rally" at Local 16 complete with TechChange swag, a yearbook themed photo booth, a raffle for a free TechChange courses, and more!…

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Added by TechChange on August 14, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Reflections on Google’s Recent Report on Digital Security Practices

Google recently conducted a study comparing digital security practices between experts and non-experts. The study included over 500 surveys of security experts and non-experts and the results are a useful examination of how expertise or knowledge reflects in practice of navigating in the digital world. Read our reflections on the report…

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Added by TechChange on August 5, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

JULY 30: RSVP for our conversation with David Bray, Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission

Dr. Bray has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC’s IT Transformation since 2013. He was selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Visiting Associate for the Cybersecurity Working Group on Culture at the University of Oxford in 2014. He also has been named one of the “Fed 100” for 2015 and the “Most Social CIO” globally for 2015, tweeting as @fcc_cio.

He will be joining us in our monthly online…

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Added by TechChange on July 28, 2015 at 4:29pm — No Comments

TechChange’s newest initiative: A Diploma Program in Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation

Over the past five years, we’ve been providing skills to over 6,000 alumni in more than 170 countries. During this time, we’ve been asked by both alumni and the organizations we work with: how can they get more? As a response to the crippling costs of graduate school tuition and the desire professionals have to get the hard skills they need to be successful, we’ve created this diploma program. Read more about the diploma…

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Added by TechChange on July 24, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Why Public Health is a Geographic Issue

In the U.S. today, your zip code is a better predictor of your health profile than your genetic code. And in much of the developing world, where resources and infrastructure are limited, physical access to primary care can be the single most determining factor in the utilization of health services, and consequently, the health of a population. Therefore,…

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Added by TechChange on July 20, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

The Role of Maps in Making Cities Green

Green infrastructure hasn’t always been a priority in urban development. Now, more than ever, green spaces are an essential component of urban design to build healthy, livable cities, and urban planners have jumped onboard. They have…

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Added by TechChange on July 15, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

What You Need to Know About the Hacking Team Breach

While many people were watching the final match of the Women’s World Cup last week, the Hacking Team was hacked. Hacking Team, an Italian digital security company, provided surveillance software to law enforcement agencies. Their clients are government agencies, but they have been accused of selling to oppressive regimes, despite embargoes like the Wassenaar Arrangement. Last…

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Added by TechChange on July 13, 2015 at 5:34pm — No Comments

TechChange Introduces Collaborative Syllabus Building

This is the second post in our Digital Pedagogy series, where we will share how we are trying to make online social learning even better with new learning activities. Check out the previous post here.



With all of our courses, we…

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Added by TechChange on July 7, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Improving mental health through urban design: There’s an app for that

What does urban design have to do with mental health? By 2050, at least two-thirds of the global population will live in cities, which means urban public health is fast becoming a priority. Policymakers, architects, designers, urban planners and others are starting to think seriously about how to design our cities in ways that reduce health issues like obesity or…

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Added by TechChange on July 6, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

What You Need To Know About Knowledge Management

In today’s knowledge-driven economy, 25 to 45 percent of the workforce is made up of people who work with knowledge and information. The knowledge economy depends on our ability to rapidly analyze, recombine and add to existing information. KM helps make sure that we don’t waste time digging up existing knowledge, which can decrease organizational efficiency by more than 12%.…

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Added by TechChange on June 16, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How can Artificial Intelligence Support Disaster Response

While reading Patrick Meier’s book, Digital Humanitarians, I realized that I had missed out on a wide range of advances in the field of machine learning, some of which also fall under “artificial intelligence”, which can…

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Added by TechChange on June 9, 2015 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Why farmers in Tanzania are using Tigo Kilimo

Information technology has greatly benefited the agriculture sector. You’ve probably read multiple articles that say ‘mobile phones empower farmers,’ but I wanted to ask the farmers themselves. Last year, I conducted a research on how rural farmers in Tanzania were using Tigo Kilimo. Read more…

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Added by TechChange on June 4, 2015 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Online Certificate Course on Technology for Data Visualization (discount for PCDN members)

Are you analyzing your data efficiently and displaying them effectively? Nearly all of us are responsible for producing reports for our colleagues, supervisors, and clients. Good data visualization is essential to analyzing your data quickly and with the greatest value.

The importance of data visualization has become apparent in the current ‘era of…

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Added by TechChange on May 18, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments

How Facebook Helped Restore Family Links After the Nepal Earthquake

Following the recent earthquake in Nepal, Facebook activated “Safety Check“, a feature that helps friends and relatives quickly find out whether their loved ones are safe. Safety Check was originally launched in October 2014 and was mainly based on experiences gained during the 2011…

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Added by TechChange on May 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

How Technology is Fighting Sexual Harassment in India

Technology has been known to facilitate anonymous harassment online, but in India a non-profit organization is using mobile apps to fight harassment on the streets. Read more…

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Added by TechChange on May 6, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Online Certificate Course on Mobiles for International Development (May 11 - June 5, 2015) Discount for PCDN members

The mobile phone is rapidly bringing communication to the most remote areas of the world. NGOs, governments and companies alike are beginning to realize the potential of this ubiquitous tool to address a variety of global challenges. This four-week online professional development certificate course, which has been featured in the…

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Added by TechChange on May 4, 2015 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Addressing Poverty’s “Triple Whammy” through Mobile Savings

Small farm holders in the developing world face similar struggles as they often have to purchase seeds and fertilizers in one large payment to improve their harvest. MyAgro, provides an innovative alternative to farmers, eliminating the need for banks and placing financial decision-making in the hands of small farm holders.…

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Added by TechChange on May 1, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

3D Printing’s Potential in Humanitarian Response

It may be difficult to see the relevance of 3D Printing beyond maker labs, but its potential to help in international development, and especially humanitarian response should be explored further. 3D printing is changing what you can produce and where you can produce it, making it a solution that could meet the needs of people after a humanitarian crisis.…

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Added by TechChange on May 1, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

How ICTs are Helping Nepalis Around the World Respond to the Earthquake

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal has swallowed up whole neighborhoods, villages and along with it thousands of people. The death toll is rising as we speak and is estimated to reach around 10,000.

As a Nepali, being this far away from Nepal, I feel very helpless. But technology has allowed me to stay connected with…

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Added by TechChange on April 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Imagine, Design, and 3D Print

The possibilities for 3D printing are endless. While this may scare some of us, the potential for innovationis exactly what excites us here at TechChange! Imagine being able to quickly…

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Added by TechChange on April 27, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

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